Stockton Scholars will host their 3rd Annual Signing Day event on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the Bob Hope Theatre in Stockton. They will be recognizing the first full class of recipients to receive the Stockton Scholars and/or Shriram Scholars Grants. A record-breaking number of Stockton public high school students submitted applications with more than 1,000 accepted pending verification of their college enrollment. More than $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded this year. This is the largest number of students to receive private scholarships from one source in Stockton’s history.
Mayor Michael Tubbs will address the capacity crowd of students, parents and local business leaders and sponsors of the scholarship program. Amanda King, local radio personality and motivational coach will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies. Each student will be introduced on stage and receive a Stockton Scholars Medallion.
“For me”, scholarship recipient Sahila Shah continues, “the Stockton Scholars scholarship is more than a financial award. It’s a lifetime connection that I will be taking with me from college to adulthood. Not only have they significantly guided me through the process of college applications, but encouraged me to share my story, a story that before, I concealed from the world, but now I am not afraid to share and reveal it to the world.”
“Stockton Scholars Scholarship has given me hope for success” states scholarship recipient Alayssia Townsell, “knowing that my very own Stockton community believes in me and is supporting my higher education. Not only does it motivate me, it inspires other young individuals to pursue a college degree an opportunity they might not have had before”.
Each qualified student met eligibility requirements including: attendance at a qualified public high school in Stockton, a minimum GPA of 2.0, acceptance to an approved higher education institution and completion of their FAFSA or CA Dream Act application. The percentage of the number of FAFSA applications submitted increased by nearly 10% across Stockton Unified School District due to the prerequisite for students to complete their student aid applications before applying for the Stockton Scholars grant.